Tarpon launches

photo contest

TARPON SPRINGS – The Explore Tarpon Springs Photo Contest is seeking local photographers to join in the fun through June 1.

Explore Tarpon Springs is a new multimedia marketing campaign highlighting what the city has to offer. It’s open to residents, non-residents and city employees of all skill levels. Six categories are included in the contest: Parks and Recreation, Arts and Culture, History, Coastal Tarpon Springs, Landscapes and Wildlife and Drone Photos.

After the June 1 close of the contest, a special selection committee will identify first-, second- and third-place photos in each category.

Contest winners and their photos will be announced at a City Board of Commissioners Meeting. Winning photos will be recognized in a number of ways, including a public exhibit at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum during the month of July.

For full contest rules and regulations as well as information on how to submit photo entries, go to http://TarponArts.org/photocontest.

Pinellas residents

trust local gov’t, survey


According to the 2019 Citizen Values Survey, 97 percent of Pinellas County residents responded that they trust their local government.

A country press release stated that the statistically valid survey was conducted by HCP Associates and consisted of 800 completed calls to land lines and cell phones. The 97 percent trust and confidence rating for Pinellas County’s handling of local issues increased from 93 percent in 2018 and was 25 percent higher than the Gallup Poll national average.

“We are proud of the trust we have built with our citizens in Pinellas County,” said Pinellas County Commission Chair Karen Williams Seel. “Community feedback is the foundation for the work we do as a local government to serve the needs of our residents.”

The 2019 results showed high levels of satisfaction in parks and public spaces, cultural events, a sense of community and personal safety, and having communities where residents can live, work and play.

Senior program for

healthy lifestyles

TARPON SPRINGS – Residents ages 55 and older are invited to participated in program designed to promote healthy eating and living.

The program began April 15 and will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. each Monday until May 20 at the Union Academy Family Center, 401 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

Participants will learn skills such as preparing new recipes, buying healthy food on a budget and taking part in enjoyable activities. Guests will receive a prepared meal each class and a cooking tool each class.

The program is in association with the University of Florida IFAS Extension.

For more information call 727-934-5881.

Families meet new

gifted center principal

PALM HARBOR – Families were invited to a meet and greet with Hema Adhia, the new principal of Elisa Nelson Elementary in Palm Harbor last week. The new elementary school will house the Center for Gifted Studies and Literacy Innovation.

The Center for Gifted Studies will offer full-time gifted services to eligible students. The Center for Literacy Innovation will serve students who have a specific patter of reading difficulties or dyslexia.

Families can learn more about the center by going to the Pinellas County Schools website at www.pcsb.org and searching for the Center for Gifted Studies and Literacy Innovation.

Awareness program

combatting distracted


The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office began its Targeted Response Against Distracted Driving program last week to help bring awareness during April, which is Distracted Driving Awareness month.

TRADD is a youth program focused on the dangers and reality of distracted driving. It engages high school students via a presentation/video, public service announcement and practical exercises.

The goal is to encourage students to think twice before letting anything come between them and their destination.

Hospital Healthy


PALM HARBOR – Linda Diedriech, a doctor of internal medicine with AdventHealth Medical Group, will lead a discussion on osteoporosis, or thinning bones, that can result in painful fractures from 12:30-1:45 p.m., April 17.

Diedriech will discuss prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, including calcium and vitamin D, exercise and medicines.

The discussion will be held at the North Pinellas YMCA, 4550 Village Center Drive, Palm Harbor.

Admission is free and a complimentary lunch will be provided by Allegro.

To make reservations or to learn more about Healthy Happenings programs, call 1-844-504-9378.

Pinellas to promote

2020 U.S. Census

Pinellas County is joining a nationwide effort to ensure every citizen is counted in the 2020 U.S. Census, which will be conducted next April.

In partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, the county is forming a Complete Count Committee that will include local community leaders working together to explain the importance of the survey to all Pinellas residents. The county is also seeking volunteers to help get the word out about the Census over the next year. Those interested can learn more at www.PinellasCounty.org/census2020.

Accurate Census data supports everything from representation in Congress to decisions on how billions of dollars in federal funding is distributed for community programs.

Pinellas County’s Complete Count Committee is expected to hold its first meeting in May. More details about the meeting and other local Census outreach efforts will be announced at the county’s Census website and on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

—Suncoast News staff